Saturday , 28 January 2023

Responsible exploitation of mineral resources way to go – Lands Minister

The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel A. Jinapor, on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, launched the Bongo-Soe Community Mining Scheme (CMS) at Bongo-Soe in the Upper East Region.

At a colourful ceremony graced by the Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu and some traditional authorities in the area, Mr Jinapor commissioned the Bongo-Soe Community Mining Scheme (CMS) which is expected to provide direct and indirect jobs to the people of Bongo and its environs.

Addressing the gathering, the Lands Minister disclosed that the Northern part of the country has been blessed with rich mineral deposits.

Responsible exploitation of mineral resources way to go - Lands Minister

He referenced the presence of some mining companies such as Cardinal Namdini Resources, Perseus Mining among others as justification that this part of the country is blessed with rich mineral resources, particularly gold.

He stressed on the importance of correcting the mistake of the past by ensuring the exploitation of the resources in a responsible and sustainable manner.

Responsible exploitation of mineral resources way to go - Lands Minister

According to the Lands Minister, President Akufo-Addo’s government is bent on revamping the mining sector and raising local giants in the small-scale mining industry and the Community Mining Scheme is an ideal way of achieving that.

He believes that the Community Mining Scheme will create employment in the area and improve the livelihoods of the people.

The Minister cautioned that there is a manual for the Community Mining Scheme and must therefore be religiously adhered to while warning that the Ministry will not hesitate to revoke the license if the CMS is found not to be following the measures stipulated in the manual.

Responsible exploitation of mineral resources way to go - Lands Minister

He urged the Management of the Scheme to work effectively with the stakeholders in the area including the DCE and the traditional authorities to ensure that royalties are paid, local jobs are created, reliefs and overall progress in the area are achieved.

Mr Stephen Yakubu, the Upper East Regional Minister said he was elated that the job creation project has been instituted in his region.

He assured that they will implement the measures contained in the CMS manual and employ the youth in the area to commit to the project for it to succeed.

He also assured that the gold ‘katcha’ which was donated by the government will be used for its intended purpose.

Responsible exploitation of mineral resources way to go - Lands Minister

The Paramount Chief of the Bongo Traditional Area, Naba Baba Salifu Atamaale was optimistic that the Scheme will provide the necessary employment in the area adding that mining must be done within the confines of the law and he will in his capacity as the chief ensure that the laws are adhered to.

The Bongo- Soe CMS is the first CMS to be launched in the Upper East Region.

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